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Paul Gauret Feb 02, 2003, 01:58pm EST Report Abuse
Hi there,

I am having trouble with a Sony Vaio (PCG-F807K) : Because of a software issue (Windows being totally unusable), got the disk taken out and plugged into a desktop computer in order to recover the data on it.

Then I decided to re-install windows on it, put the drive back in the laptop, but now it won't start. No fan noise, nothing, only the power led that lights when I press the power button. It looks like there's no power, as it is also not possible to eject the cdrom at this point.

I completely dissasembled the laptop, found nothing suspect.

Any idea of what might have gone wrong and how to fix it ? I was thinking of some kind of safety contact not being made and thus preventing the laptop to boot, but couldn't find anything.

Thanks in advance for your help.


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Frank Agerholm Mar 12, 2003, 03:21am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
Hello,

i have a similar problem with my FX805 notebook. I tried to reboot my notebook and now the only response from my notebook is the numlock-LED. Nothing else works. No Fan, no harddiskaction, no power-LED.

Have you found a solution for your notbooktrouble?
Maybe it will work for my noteboot too.

Greetings

Frank

Caveman017 Mar 12, 2003, 07:17am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
taeout the batery, un plug it, and take out the CMOS battery for about 10 minutes re insert it then try it.

Sincerely,
Brandon G.

~~I'd like to think about myself as a very advanced computer technician but it wont happen till i get a job:)
Frank Agerholm Mar 12, 2003, 08:48am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
I taked out the battery, waited 1/2 hour. But the problem is the same.
Num-Lock shines an nothing else.

Could it be, that the LEDs are used to show an errorcode like the beeps from PCs?

Frank


David Carlson Mar 27, 2003, 05:57pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
For Paul Gauret,

Sorry, I can't help on the system failure but I hope you can help me. I want to install a new hard disk in my F807K and could do with some tips on opening the case. I don't want to get caught out by breaking any plastic tabs or clips or unscrewing something that I then can't get to to put back.

Thanks in advance

David Carlson


David Carlson Mar 27, 2003, 05:59pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
For Paul Gauret,

Sorry, I can't help on the system failure but I hope you can help me. I want to install a new hard disk in my F807K and could do with some tips on opening the case. I don't want to get caught out by breaking any plastic tabs or clips or unscrewing something that I then can't get to to put back.

Thanks in advance

David Carlson


David Carlson Mar 28, 2003, 05:06am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
My question to Paul was how does one get to the hard disk in the first place.

I've just found a techi who told me he believes it lives under the keyboard. To remove the keyboard there is a single screw to the left of the speaker switch. I removed this screw and the strip simply slides to the right and then lifts off. There is s ribbon connector underneath. Once this strip is out there are visable screws to remove to lift up the keyboard.

Easy,...when you know how.

D Carlson

Bill Convis Apr 24, 2003, 01:02pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
Folks,
I have an older Sony VAIO 150K that also has the problem of locking up or not starting. I bought the two year extended warranty from COMPUSA when I bought the laptop. Compusa sends Sony's notebooks to a company in Dallas. I have had my Sony there three times. Each time the notebook arrives there is nothing wrong. Last month I got a good technician to look into the problem. He believes that what happens is the Intel CPU overheats and that if you let the unit cool off it will reboot. This would explain why it starts back up after letting it sit. My unit just locked up again this morning, so removed the keyboard and am staring at the fan not turning. So, am going to investigate if Sony has a hardware patch for the fan.

Annie I May 08, 2003, 01:34pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
Help, my Vaio FX-310 wont start either. It started off that it wasn't reading the memory in one slot. Then it wouldnt in both slots-- now it wont boot up and the tech/repair guy says its the motherboard! Thats so expensive to replace...My Vaio is just over 1 yr. old. How unfair is that.

What should I do? It was working FINE...booting up FINE. Then I took it to Best Buys and the guys fooled around with the memory slots and now it wont open. I think once it was powered up, but then he pulled the memory out and it died. Ever since the hard-dr. wont boot at all (no fan), but theres power...

HELP ME!
annie

Claudia Tynes Aug 16, 2003, 11:35pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
Last Friday morning, my Sony Vaio PCG-GRX550 wouldn't power up. I had a green power light, but the disc light would flash for a moment and then go away. The battery charging light would blink, but that was all.

I called Sony support--the number on the green warranty pack card, worked with two different techs for about 30 minutes. They decided I needed to fedex the unit to San Diego (I'm in Memphis) and it would be at least $300. One very interesting question from them..."Have you recently done a memory upgrade." No, the Vaio came with 512mg in 2-256mg chips. I had done nothing to the unit in the 11 months I've owned it. (It's a refurb.)

I called my husband at work to tell him my sad tale. He called me back in an hour with an interesting story. He works in a radio station and was talking to his chief engineer friend who also has a Vaio, as does his wife and the assistant engineer. His wife's Vaio had failed the previous week! Same problem description. The assistant engineer's Vaio had failed similarly in the recent past. For some reason, somebody had checked his memory slots. The #2 slot was BAD!. He had removed the second memory chip and left it out. The Vaio worked perfectly. The chief engineer did the same thing with his wife's Vaio and got the same results! Two out of four is a pattern, friends.

I went to Comp USA and asked the tech to remove the second memory chip and put in a 512 in the first slot. He did and the unit worked! I paid for the chip and went home delighted. When I got home, it didn't work. I took it back, the tech decided the chip was bad and put in another. It worked. I took it home and it failed again. I went back today and another tech said the 512 chip was not the one needed for a Sony Vaio, that it was a proprietary chip we would have to buy from Sony. He put in one of my 256 chips (in the #1 slot) and it worked. I came home and it's still working!!!

I can't find a 512 chip on the net for a Sony Vaio and I may not worry about it. The 256 works fine for my needs and I'm going to leave things alone for a while. It sure sounds like Sony has a problem with their memory slots on Vaios...the query from the Sony tech seems suspicious in light of later knowledge. Can you spell CLASS ACTION SUIT? SOOOO, if you're having a problem, power down, unplug, and then unscrew the center plate under the Vaio and remove the chip closest to the back of the laptop-that's the #2 slot.

I'd be interested to hear if this works for anyone else. As it stands tonight, I'm 256mg lighter, but my Vaio is working and it didn't cost me a cent!

Adil ahmed Sep 28, 2003, 09:17pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
I am referring to 100% similar problem as occured to Claudia Tynes.
I need to check wether it works.

Claudia Tynes Sep 28, 2003, 11:19pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
At this point my Vaio's motherboard is EATING memory chips. If your's hast started doing this as well, get it working, and get what you want off of it and move on. My first fix only lasted a month. Now both memory slot locations are bad. I've ordered a Dell.


L Lema Oct 13, 2003, 02:41pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
It seems another more recent thread has started with this same issue - too many to be an isolated issue.


Claudia Tynes Oct 13, 2003, 03:59pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
Mine was the older GX or GRX series. I don't know if the newer models have the same issue. I noticed a GX series for sale at Sam's the other day. Ugh!

Karen in memphis

George Forsman Nov 21, 2003, 02:41pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
Exact same thing happened this past Tuesday (11/19/2003) to my Sony Vaio FX-200 purchased in Sept 2001. It was sitting on the desk running fine and just quit and would not boot. After pulling it all apart, and putting it all together, it booted once, but the video display corrupted at the Windows login screen, and it died again. Following that I focused on the RAM modules, and determined after trial and error that whenever a DIMM was in the rear slot, it would fail.

I see 2 possibilities, one is that the heat from the processor has damaged something related to the second memory slot (the CPU appears to be on the opposite side of the main board from this DIMM socket. The other is that the style of this socket (a inverted version of the 1st RAM socket) is prone to failure.

I hope others who encounter this problem find these notes and can quickly get the RAM module out so that data can be recovered from the hard disk. I had a couple hours of panic due to this. :)

Claudia Tynes Nov 21, 2003, 07:45pm EST Report Abuse
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There are a number of postings suddenly missing from this thread. Here's the short, sad news. Sony had a bad welding machine during the manufacture of this series Vaio. The memory locations short out and EAT memory sticks. You can drop back the the no 1 slot for awhile. Did that and my Vaio ran another month before the #1 slot started frying memory sticks. Get your data off and move on to another machine...SOON.

There was a post about soldering the number 10 pin along with a couple of others, but now it's gone. Dang.

Good luck
Claudia

Karol Korasadowicz Dec 18, 2003, 01:08pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
I have the same problem with both of my memory slots. It started with the #2 slot but after swooping memory chips several times the first slot went bad as well. I need to get on the team and kick Sony's behind. They called me asking if I wanted to extend my warranty for something like $400 right before it expired. It's like they knew that the system is about to brake. I paid over 2K for my GRX580 and now 18 months later it is thrash. I will not be able to get over this one.

Karol Korasadowicz Dec 18, 2003, 01:15pm EST Report Abuse
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Claudia Tynes Dec 18, 2003, 08:01pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
There's another of thread on this topic that has much more infor, including the person to email about the class actions suit,

http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/5449/


Claudia Tynes

Karol Korasadowicz Dec 19, 2003, 11:02am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
thank you Claudia.

Rakesh Jain Dec 23, 2003, 03:50am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony Vaio won't start
I need your help badly.Did any one of you get solution to your problem? Even I have a similar problem one morning I found my Laptop was not booting, only the Power LED comes up that too is not green in color its Amber in colour and the two battery LED glows and no fan no hard disk sound nothing. if you get the solution to your problem and if you let me know ill be highly obliged.. any way merry christmas.


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